Tax Court in Escondido, California

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Tax Court is a legal forum designed specifically to resolve claims and disputes that arise under federal and (sometimes) state tax law.

Federal tax issues are handled by the United States Tax Court, which has branches all over the U.S. So, the U.S. Tax Court almost certainly has a courthouse in or around Escondido, California.

The U.S. Tax Court is where disputes arising under federal tax law are resolved, if the tax debt in question has not already been paid. The U.S. District Court, which is the federal court of general jurisdiction, can only hear tax cases after the tax has been paid. This rule is meant to ensure that as many tax issues as possible are actually decided in tax court, rather than the overworked District Courts.

Tax Court Procedure in Escondido, California

Any claim dealing with federal tax law in Escondido, California can end up in tax court. Most often, a dispute ends up in tax court when the government claims that someone has not paid all of the taxes that they are legally obligated to pay. If the taxpayer disputes the factual basis of the allegation, or believes the IRS has misinterpreted the law, U.S. Tax Courts have to decide those issues.

U.S. Tax Court judges are appointed by the President. Their terms of office are legally set at 15 years. However, the vast majority of tax court judges are simply appointed again when their terms run out, and there is no limit on the number of 15-year terms they can serve. As a practical matter, therefore, Tax Court judges effectively serve life terms.

U.S. tax courts are unique in that individuals who are not licensed to practice law in California, or any other U.S. jurisdiction, are allowed to represent clients before tax court. Non-lawyers who want to practice before the Tax Court do have to take an exam demonstrating that they have a good knowledge of tax law. Typically, non-lawyers who practice before the tax courts are experienced accountants. However, licensed attorneys can practice before tax courts without taking the special exam.

Typically, residents of Escondido, California will end up in tax court because the IRS, or another tax agency, has alleged that they have failed to pay all the taxes that they owe. In the interest of due process, the IRS will send the taxpayer a letter informing them that they owe back taxes. At this point, the taxpayer will have something like 90 days to go to Tax Court to fight these allegations, if they so desire. If you do not file a response within the allotted time, the tax bill will become final, and you will have no legal means to contest it.

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Do I Need a Escondido, California Tax Attorney?

As mentioned earlier, federal law lets some non-attorneys practice before U.S. Tax Courts. But tax law can be extremely complicated, and the practice of this area of law is highly specialized - so much so that most lawyers who practice tax law do not practice in any other field.

If you are going to tax court, it should be noticeable by now that you should seek the advice and assistance of a good Escondido, California tax lawyer. This is not a knock against the non-lawyers who are licensed to practice before tax court; the vast majority of them are perfectly competent. However, if a licensed attorney seriously mishandles your case, you will have a great deal of legal recourse against them, more so than with a non-attorney.

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Life in Escondido

Escondido is located in San Diego County, California.  The name "Escondido" is a Spanish word meaning "hidden".  This is in reference to the city being situated in a valley and bordered by scenic hills.  Escondido has a population of about 144,000 and is growing at a rapid rate. 

Many major business and companies have their headquarters in Escondido, California.  Some of the major employers for Escondido residents include Stone Brewing Company, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Escondido's population growth is supported by the presence of several residential communities, including Hidden Trails and Valley Center.

Escondido, California is an excellent city for leisure and entertainment.  The downtown area features a number of cafes, art galleries, and restaurants.  During the spring and summer seasons, the city hosts "Crusin' Grand", which is a public automobile show held every Friday.  Crusin' Grand features ultra-hip hot rods, historic cars, and live DJ music.  Other fun events include the Grape Day Parade and Festival, the Community Wellness Expo, and an Independence Day Celebration. 

Lawyers in Escondido assist their clients through a variety of legal services.  Escondido, California attorneys also contribute to the community through participation in city planning and development projects.  Escondido lawyers are knowledgeable of the various laws and regulations that are unique to the city.

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